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The conditions and treatments of slaves in the French Colony of Saint Domingue

Posted by on Friday, April 24, 2015, In : Slave Trade 
In 1685, then king of France Louis XIV passed the Code Noire (Black Code), a decree defining the conditions of slavery in the French colonial empire and the activities permitted by free Negroes. The Code Noire also placed limits on the physical violence on slaves and instituted punishments for masters who murdered slaves; in practice however, these provisions were rarely enforced.

The Code Noire for example, ordered that the slaves should be given, every week, two pounds of salt beef or three ...

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Beginning of Slave Trade in Haiti

Posted by on Saturday, December 27, 2014, In : Slave Trade 

By 1517, the Spaniards realized that the remaining Natives were not enough to continue the hard labor they've subjugated them to; in just 15 years, their rapacity succeeded in the complete genocide of the peaceful Taino/Arawak population. Labor shortage and greed forced the Spaniards to begin the importation of men and women from  the African Continent. Haiti became the first country in the new world to welcome black men, women and children from Africa; as slaves.         

The slave trade beca...

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